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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Active women don't tract your progess by BMI

The BMI formula- a simple calculation based on your height and weight.

Anything below 18.5 is considered "underweight"

18.5-24.9 is "normal "

25-30 is "overweight"

30.1 or more is " one of three obesity categories"




However, the BMI doesn't distinguish between fat and muscle and only give you an indication of how heavy you are overall.

Look! Arnold SChwarzenegger had a BMI of 30.2 . That's obese! But look at him.

Recent research shows that BMI can also be false indicator of health in other ways. Individuals with a normal BMI can still have a high body-fat content, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease and other health- related problems. Think - skinny fat!.




Both weight and BMI never take into account body composition, often make active woman seem overweight- but active woman has more muscle and less body fat than a sedentary woman.


Muscle is denser than fat , meaning it takes up less space on your frame. Look at this way; if you weigh an equal volume of fat and muscle, you d be surprised that muscle weights almost twice ad much as fat.





Active women should track your body fat . You go to the gym, or increase your the intensity of your workout, chance are you are losing fat but gain muscle. And, ad you know, muscle beats fat for many reason. "muscle uses more calorie, even at rest, so you gain the potential to boost your resting metabolism rate"




"Reducing your overall body fat through methods of resistance training and cardio is the best way to change your body composition"

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